What It's Like Inside Olympic Park
The 2012 Olympics have begun, and after weeks of worrying about everything from security to traffic to the weather, the British are finally starting to relax, cheer Team GB on and enjoy the games they've spent seven years preparing for. I've been vacationing in the UK for almost a month now, and I've seen the level of excitement increase each and every week.
Britain, it seems, can't get enough of the Games. The normally reserved British are festooning their homes with "Go Team GB" posters and the national flag. London has been decorated with Olympic posters on the Tube, along the streets, on buses and taxis, and in department store displays. The Olympic rings and Union Jack are on every product imaginable, from biscuits to beans.
For the next two weeks, Britons will literally be able to immerse themselves in the Games. The Olympics have been front-page news on every newspaper for weeks. BBC's public television coverage is unparalleled, with live coverage of every single event, plus recaps, panels and featurettes -- so sports fans who were unable to secure tickets to Games events can still join the crowd and cheer their favorites on at home. Those who thrive in a crowd atmosphere can head to one of 27 Live Sites scattered across London and the rest of the UK and watch the events on giant Live Screens.
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